Seafood and Pregnancy

Much has been said and printed of late regarding the new U.S. Dietary Guidelines and the recommendation from the FDA to consume more seafood. There has also been a great deal of negative press coming from various NGO groups who seem to have an endless supply of time and money to provide misdirection and false information to the public. At Morey’s, we believe in actual science and have been diligent in our efforts to provide the truth to our customers. As active members of the National Fisheries Institute, (NFI), we have access to a constant flow of the latest and best science and information from the industry and from governmental organizations. With our 80th anniversary just around the corner, we also have a great deal of experience and amassed knowledge of the industry. Consumers are being victimized by scare tactics that are pushing them to believe the many untruths being extolled upon them by several so called environmental and watchdog groups. We encourage our followers and consumers to know and believe in the science; know and believe in the U.S. Dietary Guidelines, the FDA recommendations, and the recommendations from many other bona fide organizations who report the positive benefits of eating more seafood.

The current U.S. Dietary Guidelines suggest eating 8 -12 oz. of cooked seafood per week. That works out to 2 or 3 meals per week assuming a 4 – 6 oz. serving. Given the vast number of excellent seafood choices, this is an easy suggestion to make part of your healthy eating lifestyle!

The study concluded that over 40% of the U.S. population consumes less protein than recommended every week. When it comes to seafood, females age 14 and up, in particular, are consuming far less than recommended. Pregnant women and small children need more seafood! The current recommendation from the FDA and others confirms this. Seafood is brain food! Study after study has concluded that the positive benefits of seafood consumption, particularly in brain development and maintenance are overwhelming!

Morey’s has been talking about this for years! Here is a link to a video blog we posted over 4 years ago that purported the benefits of seafood consumption for women who are pregnant and for small children. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gn3maIswdIo

It precedes the new guidelines, but the information holds up today! By the way, the grandchildren referenced in the video are all happy and healthy, and their Moms see to it that they all get ample seafood in their diets!

Want more than just my opinion? Here are a few more links that further report the benefits of seafood for pregnant women and for young children:

From the FDA: http://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ConsumerUpdates/ucm393070.htm

From the NFI: http://dishonfish.com/3-tips-for-eating-plenty-of-seafood-during-pregnancy/

From the Mayo Clinic: http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/pregnancy-week-by-week/in-depth/pregnancy-and-fish/art-20044185

From the American Pregnancy Association: http://americanpregnancy.org/pregnancy-health/mercury-levels-in-fish/

From Scientific American Magazine: http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/children-and-pregnant-women-should-eat-more-fish/

To be fair, as you will have seen from these links, there are certain situations where seafood consumption should be controlled, especially for pregnant women. Seafood that has been proven to be high in mercury is one of these, but these instances are few and far between. The overwhelming conclusion is that the benefits of eating more seafood far outweigh any minor risks, and there are so many safe seafood options to choose from! Salmon, tilapia, shrimp, cod, catfish and even canned light tuna are all excellent suggestions. Seafood is a safe and healthy choice for consumers of all ages. We encourage everyone to heed the U.S. Dietary Guidelines and eat at least 2 – 3 meals per week that feature seafood as the main protein.

By the way, another great resource has become available this year. The NFI has launched a site called “Dish on Fish” that makes a variety of information and recipes available to the public, including monthly meal planning suggestions. Check it out at http://dishonfish.com/

Trust in Seafood! Eat more of it to improve and to maintain your health!

A few simple tips for enjoying seafood as part of your regular diet

When it comes to seafood we have all heard that it’s good for us and we should eat it but like all things, some seafood is better for us than others. There is a lot to be said for how we prepare seafood and just how “good” for us it can be. Here are just are a few tips to try when making seafood a part of your regular diet.

For instance, you know you need two servings of seafood a week as recommended by the USDA but that does not mean you should head down to the local fish fry for a weekly serving of beer battered and deep fried walleye with a baked potato loaded with butter and sour cream (or French fries). Instead head to the local seafood counter at your favorite grocery store and pick up some walleye fillets; try baking them with a little butter, salt and pepper and slices of lemon. Serve them with a lightly dressed salad or a baked potato but leave the extra butter and sour cream off this time around.

Another popular seafood item, especially on restaurant menus’, is swordfish. It is a very dense, meaty fish with a mildly sweet flavor. It’s a good source of protein and contains essential vitamins and minerals; however it also contains more mercury than your average seafood, for this reason you should limit how often you enjoy this as a part of your diet, especially if you are pregnant. If you’re looking for another dense, firm fish give halibut a try. Halibut is a good source of protein and provides your body with essential nutrients; its also a very clean tasting fish and requires very little seasoning. Most commonly this fish is boiled or grilled.

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There are a lot of seafood options available; some are healthier than others and some are simply too expensive for most people to eat as a regular part of your seafood diet. One type of seafood we don’t hear nearly enough about is mussels. While they sound interesting and may seem hard to cook, they are surprising easy to cook and quite affordable. Mussels offer a range of health benefits including being a good source of protein. The simplest way to cook mussels is to steam them on the stove stop with some white wine and fresh herbs (I like to add a little garlic too) and in a few short minutes they are done and ready to enjoy on their own or toss them with some whole grain pasta or in a salad. PS, I have also found that mussels are one of the only types of seafood I don’t mind cooking indoors because the blend of white wine and fresh herbs with a little garlic leaves my kitchen smelling simply delicious. Find your adventurous side and give mussels a try, if not at home then in your favorite restaurant that features seafood.

The next time you decide to enjoy seafood as a part of your diet, do yourself a favor and take a second look at the seafood case and try something new, you never know, you might just surprise yourself with how tasty and easy a healthy seafood meal really is to enjoy at home without the hassle and the calories of deep frying.

How to swim through the New Year as a new you!

Did you know the first two weeks of January are the busiest weeks of the year at health clubs? A lot of people start the year by “turning over a new leaf” when it comes to taking better care of themselves. The problem is, of those who make New Year’s resolutions with gym memberships, about 80% lose their enthusiasm by mid-February.

Establishing an exercise routine can be tough. It takes discipline. However, there is an easier (and more enjoyable) way to take good care of your body. It begins with what you put into it, because nutritious food is the cornerstone for improving your physical condition and the vitality of everyone in your family.

Protein is essential to everyone’s nutritional well being. On planet earth, some of the finest sources of lean, high-quality protein and other key nutrients come from fish and seafood. Nobody serves up that tasty nutrition better than Morey’s.

In addition to providing protein, Morey’s products contain valuable Omega-3 fatty acids. Studies have proven that adding Omega-3s to your diet may decrease your risk for heart disease, certain cancers, stroke and Alzheimer’s disease. Given these findings, it’s not surprising that the American Heart Association encourages two servings of fish or seafood per week in their dietary recommendations.

Luckily for all fish and seafood lovers, something that’s this good for our bodies is also equally delicious. Morey’s marinated salmon, mahi mahi and tilapia are great examples. There are so many distinct flavors available, you can have Morey’s twice a week and never lose your craving for its delectability! The marinade creations include flavors like: Lemon Parmesan, Wood Roasted, Seasoned Grill, Garlic Cracked Pepper, Lemon Dill, Pineapple Mango, Sweet Mango and Garden Pesto.

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New Year. New You. Eat better in 2015.

So as you kick off 2015, make a pledge to enjoy a Morey’s meal twice a week. Plan two particular days of the week to make fish and seafood days. Many opt for one of them to be Saturday, because it’s a relaxing weekend day when the family can gather around the table to share good food and conversation.

Take a poll from all the hungry eaters in your house to determine which signature marinades they prefer for Saturday’s meal. This will help you select the ideal side dishes to accompany your fish. For example, many Morey’s fans have reported that the refreshing citrus zest of the Lemon Dill Salmon goes great with the nutty richness of squash and asparagus. Another flavor, like Morey’s Garlic Cracked Pepper Salmon, really complements fresh green beans, wild rice and a nice buttery chardonnay as a wine pairing.

Whichever initial day you decide is “seafood day,” pick the next to be a few days later. So if you make Saturday special with Morey’s, then choose Tuesday or Wednesday for your other day. It’s a very easy and tasty routine to get into!

Remember that the way you prepare each Morey’s dish will add even more uniqueness to your meal events. Bake it, broil it, grill it… it’s up to you, and every method imparts a different quality to the fish. If you’re crunched for time on a particular day, Morey’s is quick and easy to microwave too – just minutes from freezer to table! Every package contains the perfect serving size for a meal, with all the savory marinade sealed in with the fish. Morey’s has done all the work for you and your busy lifestyle.

As you embark on a year of better eating, you can choose to keep track of your progression. Maybe monitoring your weight is important. Perhaps gauging your general wellness (on a daily 1-10 scale of how you “feel”) is a strategy you’ll find helpful. Whichever track you take, eat great food throughout 2015 and make it a wonderful year!

Good luck and bon appétit.

 

Growing up Healthy with Fish and Seafood

One fish, two fish, red fish, blue fish, this beloved Dr. Seuss book may be your child’s first introduction to fish and seafood, but with Morey’s help, you can start making this delicious and nutritious food a part of your child’s diet for life. Morey’s believes that getting kids involved in making meals, and creating a love of fish early on, will help them continue to make healthy food choices as they grow up.

There are so many easy ways to nurture a love of fish and seafood.

Choose a night each week to introduce a recipe with fish or seafood.

Choose a night each week to introduce a recipe with fish or seafood.

1. Seafood Saturday!
Choose a night each week to introduce a recipe with fish or seafood. Have your kids pitch in as you prepare the meal. Pirate hats are a fun way to get everyone in the seafood spirit.

2. Snack-time Sneak
Use one of our smoked salmon options in place of deli meat on their crackers, or curled up in a crescent roll spiral for quick finger food on the go.

3. Seafood Switch Up
Take a dish they already love, and switch out the meat with a light and tasty fish, like our Garden Pesto Tilapia. If kids recognize a dish, they’re more likely to try it. It’s easy to incorporate Morey’s products into simple dishes like our Salmon and Macaroni Bake or Fish Tacos. Check out more recipes when you visit our Recipes & Cooking page.

Adding fish and seafood to your child’s diet not only gives you and your family more variety, but it is also essential for developing bodies. Karlene Karst, a registered dietitian and author of The Full-Fat Solution, says that “You want to turbo-boost kids’ brain power with a diet of fun, simple, yet delicious foods that incorporate protein and Omega-3s — the building blocks for smart and healthy brains.”

The benefits of eating good fats, like salmon from Morey’s, help out nearly every part of a growing child’s body:

Metabolism: The Omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin-D and selenium within salmon all combine to help manage insulin levels throughout the body, thereby facilitating the absorption of sugar and the subsequent lowering of blood sugar levels.

Cardiovascular Health: Essential amino acids repair damages to the cardiovascular tissues.

Brain & Nerves: Omega-3 fatty acids increase the efficiency of brain functions, improves memory and keep it active during long working hours.

Eye Care: Omega-3 fatty acids prevent macular degeneration, retinal dryness, loss of vision and fatigue of the eyes. It is a proven fact that people who eat fish regularly, or at least more than others, have better vision than those who don’t.

Morey’s is the perfect place to start making fish and seafood part of your child’s diet. We have what you need to create delicious and nutrious options for even the smallest seafood lovers in your home.

 

Sources:
https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/animal-product/health-benefits-of-salmon.html
http://www.babble.com/babble-voices/8-foods-that-make-kids-smarter/

The Importance of Omega Fatty Acids

Many consumers would probably admit to feeling overloaded with information when stepping into a grocery store in today’s health-crazed world. With labels boasting “All Natural”, “High Fiber”, “Added Protein” and much more, it’s difficult to know what exactly your body needs.

Though fad diets have come and gone in the United States, a staple that has remained and continues to be recommended by doctors, dietitians, trainers and the like are fatty acids. But, what are they?

Fatty acids are essential to keep every system in the human body working properly. Think of your body as a car and fatty acids are the oil that keeps your engine running smoothly. Your skin, respiratory system, circulatory system, brain and organs ALL benefit from consuming fatty acids.

The importance of omega fatty acids.

The importance of omega fatty acids.

However, there’s a twist. Fatty acids need to be balanced within the body. What does that mean? Fatty acids are broken into three forms: Omega-3, Omega-6 and Omega-9 fatty acids. Each fatty acid plays its own role in your overall health.

Omega-3s: This is where Morey’s comes into play! Our seafood offers a healthy dose of Omega-3 fatty acids. The human body cannot produce Omega-3s on its own, so consuming a minimum of 4 oz. twice a week is recommended to support brain function, cardiovascular disease and a host of other diseases. Morey’s Fish Creations® are sold in boxes containing two, 5 oz. servings, so one box per family member per week will meet the recommended quota. Aside from fish, Omega-3s are found in flaxseeds, raw walnuts and canola oil.

Omega-6s: Omega-6 fatty acids are best when consumed in a 2:1 ratio with Omega-3s. One health issue our country currently faces is the abundance of Omega-6 fatty acids from corn and soy products used in a vast majority of processed foods. Today, a consumer, on average, eats 15 times the amount of Omega-6s than Omega-3s. While Omega-6s are good for you, too much of them can be destructive. Getting your Omega-6s from sources such as leafy greens, whole grains, raw vegetable oils and certain nuts is suggested.

Omega-9s: This fatty acid is produced naturally by the body when both Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids are consumed in balance. Omega-9 promotes heart health by keeping cholesterol levels in-check and improving immune function. If you’re not consuming enough Omega-3s and Omega-6s, then you must add Omega-9 rich foods to your diet. Foods like avocados, cashews, chia seeds and almonds are high in Omega-9s.

Knowing what fatty acids are and how they benefit you can help you make more informed choices at the grocery store and when selecting recipes for your family. Opt for well-rounded meals like Morey’s Salsa-Shrimp Topped Avocados. By adding a side of whole grain brown rice and a small salad, you’ll successfully get a healthy serving of fatty acids to keep your car’s engine a well-oiled machine.

 

Sources:
Women to Women
http://www.womentowomen.com/inflammation/balancing-your-omega-3-fatty-acids-essential-for-health-and-long-life/

Omega-9 Oils
http://www.omega-9oils.com/omega-9-advantage/healthier-profile/omega-3-6-9.htm

Chris Kresser: Health for the 21st Century
http://chriskresser.com/how-too-much-omega-6-and-not-enough-omega-3-is-making-us-sick

Frozen Seafood Myths

Frozen Seafood Myths

Frozen Seafood Myths

 

When it comes to frozen seafood, people have some strange misconceptions. Romanticizing the idea of “fresh fish,” they often discount the very real nutritional value of frozen fish! The truth is, frozen seafood contains a wealth of important nutrients, as well as being tasty, convenient, and easy to prepare. Here, we debunk some of the common myths related to frozen seafood and fish in general.

  • Myth #1: Frozen fish is less nutritious than fresh fish. This is unequivocally false. Because fishing vessels remain at sea for long periods of time, the “fresh fish” you purchase has often been sitting around for a while before it reaches you. However, modern freezing methods allow for quick freezing of seafood to maintain quality and freshness. Frozen fish makes it to your table with the freshness locked in—just as nutritious and delicious as if you’d pulled the fish  from the water yourself.
  • Myth #2: Other meats are just as nutritious as fish. The fact is, fish are an excellent source of lean protein, amino acids, and Omega-3 fatty acids. Unlike fatty beef,  pork or poultry products, fish is low in saturated fat, and the nutrients in fish fight a number of ailments, including cardiovascular disease. In fact, the American Heart Association recommends eating at least two servings of fish a week. Many of the frozen seafood products available from Morey’s Seafood are gluten free, which is great for those looking for a convenient and tasty meal as part of a gluten-free diet.
  • Myth #3: Fishing is bad for the environment. Many trustworthy manufacturers, including frozen seafood brands like Morey’s Seafood, focus on sustainable and safe fishing methods to ensure the safety of the environment, and the regulation and control of fishing practices.
  • Myth #4: Frozen seafood is hard to cook. This is Morey’s favorite falsehood to disprove! Morey’s offers a wide array of pre-portioned, individually packaged, marinated frozen seafood products that are both delicious and easy to cook. The Morey’s website also offers a wealth of recipes designed to make it quick and convenient to put delicious seafood on your family’s table.

For more information on how to choose the best frozen seafood, and how to prepare tasty seafood meals for your family, visit Morey’s website. For an even deeper connection with other frozen seafood lovers, join the online community on Facebook and Twitter.

The Benefits of Omega-3 Fatty Acids in Seafood Products

 

Seafood Products

Seafood Products


You may have already heard about omega-3 fatty acids, but you might not know the extent of what they can do for you! That’s because it seems like new studies are constantly popping up, extolling new aspects of omega-3 benefits, and giving us ever more reasons to incorporate them into a healthy diet. From infant brain development to the prevention of heart disease, it seems there are few health conditions that can’t be improved with omega-3 consumption.

  • What, exactly, are omega-3 fatty acids? It may sound like something out of science fiction, but omega-3 are actually a type of unsaturated fatty acid that is extremely beneficial, especially when found in fish. This nutrient is believed to reduce inflammation throughout the body, which is good, because inflammation in the body can damage blood vessels and lead to heart disease.
  • If I’m not worried about heart disease, why should I care about omega-3? Omega-3 fatty acid benefits also may include decreased triglycerides, lower blood pressure, reduced blood clotting, higher immunity, and improvement of arthritis symptoms. Omega-3s are also great for children, and may help improve their ability to learn, and help with behavioral or attention-related issues.
  • Alright, I’m sold! Now, what are some sources of omega-3 fatty acids? There are many omega-3 sources, including nuts, flaxseed, and soybeans. However, these omega-3 foods are not the best sources, because the human body does not absorb the omega-3 from them very well. Fish, on the other hand, is an excellent source of these essential fatty acids, one that is also loaded with protein. The American Heart Association recommends eating at least two servings of fish each week. The fish most packed with omega-3 are fatty fish like salmon, mackerel, herring, lake trout, sardines, and albacore tuna.
  •  Does frozen seafood contain the same benefits as fresh? The best news about omega-3 fatty acids is that they can be readily found in frozen seafood, which is convenient, easy to prepare, and delicious. The fish retains not only its nutrients, but also the mouthwatering taste it would have had if you’d pulled it from the water yourself.

For over seventy five years, Morey’s Seafood has been putting great, nutritious seafood, full of protein and Omega-3 fatty acids, onto dinner tables across America. Learn how to bring Morey’s to your family at moreys.com, where you’ll find helpful facts, delicious recipes, and more. For a deeper connection, join the online community on Facebook and Twitter.

What to Check for When Purchasing Frozen Seafood

 

Frozen Seafood

Frozen Seafood

Whether fresh or frozen, seafood is one of nature’s perfect foods! Packed with essential nutrients, including protein and Omega-3 fatty acids, seafood is an important part of a healthy diet that helps children to grow and develop properly, and may even help prevent heart disease. In fact, it seems as though scientists are always finding new ways that seafood is beneficial, from lowering cholesterol to improving vision and eye health! Frozen seafood brings all the goodness of seafood to your home, even if you’re half a world away from its source!

With a wealth of frozen seafood brands from which to choose, it’s important to select those that are reputable and provide high quality product. Whichever frozen seafood products you decide to buy, follow a few guidelines to make sure it is the best frozen seafood you can find.

  • Make sure the packaging is intact. Never buy seafood if the package is open, torn, or crushed on the edges.
  • Choose packages that are free from frost or ice crystals. The presence of ice might mean that the frozen fish has been stored for a long time, or that it has thawed and been refrozen.
  • Keep frozen seafood in the freezer. Do not thaw seafood until you are ready to prepare it. Once you’re ready to use it, the best method is to thaw it slowly overnight in the refrigerator. Of course, many seafood products can be cooked straight from the freezer—no thawing required!

Frozen seafood makes it easy to serve your family delectable, restaurant-quality fish, straight from your own freezer! One of the top frozen seafood companies, Morey’s Seafood carries a wide variety of frozen seafood products that not only are nutritious, but mouthwateringly delicious as well. Visit Morey’s website to learn more, not just about their tasty products, but also about the health benefits of fish, and recipes you might want to try. For an even deeper connection, join the online community on Facebook, or read Morey’s informative blog.

Using Frozen Seafood To Create Quality Meals for a Healthy Lifestyle

Seafood is not only a delicious and accessible delicacy, but it is also part of a healthy balanced diet. As a busy professional, or full time parent, you may think the time constraints of life may prevent you from adding fish or seafood to your nutrition plan. If you are a seafood expert, or just short on time to cook, a quality frozen seafood is an excellent solution to add seafood to your diet.

Companies like Morey’s offer convenient options that are easy to cook and ready to add to any meal.  With products ranging from marinated salmon, shrimp, mahi mahi, tilapia and other great seafood products, Morey’s can add a healthy protein to any meal in just minutes. To add quality frozen seafood products to your healthy lifestyle, look for Morey’s in your local grocery store. To find the nearest retailer in your area, visit http://www.moreys.com or call (866) 577-1709.

Food Pyramid Facts and the USDA My Plate

The USDA changed from the food pyramid to my plate in 2011. The changes were made to help inspire the public lead people to make good eating choices. As you can see in the my plate graphic in the video, the plate is color coded to represent proper portions of each food group. Seafood products remain part of the proteins, and four to six ounces per day is recommended. The USA recommends that seafood is a main protein source at least twice a week. Seafood like salmon is rich in Omega 3 fatty acids, and is a super food. Morey’s offer several salmon options that are ready to cook. To view our salmon offerings, visit http://www.moreys.com or find us in your local store. To find a retailer near you, call us at (866) 577-1709.